Today's use of sketch has evolved such that one may refer to another's girlfriend as simply, "sketch". Example: That bitch is so sketch, I hope you use protection. Derived from sketchy, and usually, dirty.

KANJI: GA KAKU E KAI ega (sketch, stroke, picture)

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Character Etymology:

Earlier versions of this chacter shows a hand applying a brush to a rice field with an added stroke at the bottom to indicate partitioning. Thus yielding to partition fields with a brush, i.e. on a map. By extension it also came to mean strokes or diagram/picture.

A Listing of All On-Yomi and Kun-Yomi Readings:

on-yomi: GA KAKU E KAI
kun-yomi: ega(ku) kaku(suru) kagi(ru) hakarigoto haka(ru)

English Definitions:

  1. GA, E: picture, drawing, painting, sketch.
  2. KAKU: stroke (in a [character).
  3. kaku(suru): draw, demarcate, mark, divide, map out.
  4. ega(ku): draw, paint, sketch, describe.

Character Index Numbers:

New Nelson: 3733
Henshall: 85

Unicode Encoded Version:

Unicode Encoded Compound Examples:

映画 (eiga): movie.
画面 (gamen): screen.
計画 (keikaku): plan.


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A vector art program written in Python by Bernhard Herzog.

It's very much similar to Corel Draw!. It's actually very much usable even if it's not feature-wise as good as some other vector packages - but all of the basic functionality is there. It also has some pretty strange things (gradient fills are pretty hard to make right, or maybe it's just unintuitive...)

You can draw with vectors, do pretty normal effects, save in its own format or export to many other formats (SVG and PostScript supported, of course).

Too bad the widget set is horrible... =(

Home page, as of writing: - also available as Debian package. See also Sodipodi and Kontour.

The term sketch can also describe a short theatrical piece having a single scene, particularly of the comedic variety. Monty Python's brief skits can be termed sketches.

Sketch (?), n. [D. schets, fr. It. schizzo a sketch, a splash (whence also F. esquisse; cf. Esquisse.); cf. It. schizzare to splash, to sketch.]

An outline or general delineation of anything; a first rough or incomplete draught or plan of any design; especially, in the fine arts, such a representation of an object or scene as serves the artist's purpose by recording its chief features; also, a preliminary study for an original work.

Syn. -- Outline; delineation; draught; plan; design. -- Sketch, Outline, Delineation. An outline gives only the bounding lines of some scene or picture. A sketch fills up the outline in part, giving broad touches, by which an imperfect idea may be conveyed. A delineation goes further, carrying out the more striking features of the picture, and going so much into detail as to furnish a clear conception of the whole. Figuratively, we may speak of the outlines of a plan, of a work, of a project, etc., which serve as a basis on which the subordinate parts are formed, or of sketches of countries, characters, manners, etc., which give us a general idea of the things described.



© Webster 1913.

Sketch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sketched (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Sketching.] [Cf D. schetsen, It. schizzare. See Sketch, n.]


To draw the outline or chief features of; to make a rought of.


To plan or describe by giving the principal points or ideas of.

Syn. -- To delineate; design; draught; depict.


© Webster 1913.

Sketch, v. i.

To make sketches, as of landscapes.


© Webster 1913.

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